Inaugural Justice Canada Excellence in Victim Service Award
It is our pleasure to announce that Ms. Larissa Maxwell, Manager of Anti-Human Trafficking Programs at the Salvation Army of British Columbia, will be the first recipient of the annual Justice Canada Excellence in Victim Services Award.
Ms. Maxwell exemplifies the criteria this award was designed to recognize: she empowers victims of crime by developing and providing services tailored to the unique needs of victims of human trafficking and which aims to prepare them for healing and success; she inspires other service providers by leading by example and creating innovative and responsive programs for this vulnerable population; and she has achieved meaningful change for victims of crime in Canada by working locally, nationally and internationally on developing programming, protocols and action plans to address the needs of victims of human trafficking.
Ms. Maxwell has over 12 years of experience in the field of exploitation and human trafficking of children, youth, and adults in Canada. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Non-Profit Leadership, is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Leadership, and is an accomplished artist and art therapy facilitator. She has assisted in creating provincial and national programming and action plans to assist victims of trafficking and exploitation across Canada and the United States, playing an instrumental role in providing leadership and pioneering innovative programming to protect the most vulnerable.
Ms. Maxwell has made a significant difference in the lives of trafficked women, including both foreign and domestic human trafficking victims from across British Columbia and from all parts of Canada. Innovative leadership and creativity have led to the creation of unique, ground breaking and vital programs to support one of the most marginalized populations in Canada, including First Nation and Metis women.
2017 marks the inaugural Excellence in Victim Service Award, a way for the Government of Canada to recognize an individual who has empowered victims and survivors of crime, inspired service providers or achieved meaningful change that has improved the experiences of Canadians who have been touched by crime.
For this inaugural year, Justice Canada worked in collaboration with the provinces and territories to develop a list of nominees. An arm’s length selection committee assessed the nominees and selected the very first recipient of the award, which was presented at the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Federal Symposium on May 29, 2017 at the Westin Calgary.
In the years to come, a public nomination process will be undertaken. Information will be made available in the coming months about the nomination process for the 2018 award.
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